When I first saw Mirror’s Edge I wasn’t keen because I’d not heard anything about it and thought nothing of it. Then the demo became available on the PSN, so I downloaded it and was hooked! I had to have this game!
This is probably one of the most underrated and under publicised games on the PS3 thus far.
Mirror’s Edge sees you playing a runner called Faith. The storyline is a basic one but works well for a game like this.
Faith’s sister has been framed for the murder of a big business cheese, and it’s up to Faith to clear her name and save her sister.
It’s a very original game and was impressed by how the game sucks you in and makes you feel at times like you’re the one doing to building to building jumps or wall running 100ft in the air.
One of the things that I did find quite annoying at times, were the controls when using guns and trying to get past 6 guards. Each with machine guns and then another guy with a gun that could make Mt Vesuvius go green with envy (well maybe not that powerful).
You don’t have to fire the guns if you don’t want to, you can just disarm you opponent and then drop to gun and start running. This doesn’t ruin the game that much that it makes it unplayable, it’s just nails down a chalk board irritating at times.
There are the cool moments when you see a gun lying on the floor, run towards it, slide and pick it up at the same time and start firing whilst getting up and pull off a head shot! Very satisfying!
As for the free running controls, these are easy to get used to, it’s how you use them that makes the difference as to whether you drop to your death or not. It does look impressive when you jump for one building to the next, vault over a fence, run, slide under some pipes, wall run, turn, jump and grab a ledge, pull up, jump over another fence, wall run then plough straight through a door in one fluid motion.
There wasn’t any noticeable lag throughout this game; only when there were a few guards and you have to pull a few moves off to get away did I notice a slight lag. The graphics are very crisp and some scenes look fantastic. There isn’t a lot of colour in this game as a lot of the buildings seem to be white. But the colours that are there are very bright and seem to make the game even more colourful.
Apart from that, the game is very smooth and makes it even more fun to be free running.
The main storyline is quite short with only 9 chapters in the game and the final boss not being a problem at all, and probably the easiest person to defeat in the whole game.
But despite the main game being short, you can play time trails and as you would expect nowadays, trophy support. So again, there is plenty to do to keep you occupied for a while with Mirrors Edge.
Overall, Mirror’s Edge is an original game that at times, will blow you away and can be amazing fun. But as I say, don’t let the irritating bits put you off buying a must for your collection.
4 out of 5